Plans for an innovative beach wheelchair scheme in Fleetwood have taken another step in the right direction.
Those behind the plans say it could be operational by late summer, once the coronavirus is over.
According to a report from Fleetwood Weekly News, Mick Gray, the organisations chairman, explained how the group already possesses one specially adapted wheelchair and has had financial support from the Haldane Trust to acquire more.
The local news report went on to detail how the team is now looking for funding to purchase a hoist to assist clients with the use of chairs at the proposed beachfront premises.
Gray explained: “We are continuing discussions for the use of premises on Fleetwood seafront, very close to the beach, which can be developed for the wheelchair centre. This venue also has facilities for disabled parking, so access is not going to present a problem.
“We are already a charity and members of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations and the Small Charities Coalition, and we are always eager for people to volunteer and help us. At present in these tough times we feel it’s important to give hope for the future, and if we can accomplish this for people with disabilities, all the more positive.”
He added: “That is why the Trustees and supporters a have been pressing ahead to get the project up and running. Fleetwood Beach Wheelchairs are now moving forward towards launching our service to the local community of Fleetwood and those who choose to visit the beautiful beaches of the town.”